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Review: A great performer at a decent price
As you all probably already know, Razer is a name that automatically pops to mind when you think about high quality gaming peripherals. As far as we are concerned, it has almost become synonymous with top notch gaming peripherals, as we haven’t tried or seen a Razer product that doesn’t live up to its name and perform accordingly, at least not yet.
Thanks to the guys and girls at Razer, we have a chance to take a look at their Diamondback 3G mouse that has been around for a while now, but we decided to go for it anyway, mainly because of its low price. At the moment it can be found for as low as $49.99 directly from Razer’s shop or as low as €30,37, if you consider buying it in Europe at some local retailer.
Unlike the first version of the Diamondback, the new 3G version refers to the third generation of infrared sensor, the same one that Razer used in its DeathAdder mice. Other noted differences are the lack of transparent shell which is now matte black and kind of rubberized for a better grip. Other things are basically the same as apparently Razer decided that when something is good, you don’t need to change it that much.
Turning back to technical details, the Razer Diamondback 3G comes with 1800 DPI Razer Precision 3G infrared sensor, has seven independently programmable buttons, On-The-Fly sensitivity adjustment, Always-On mode, 16-bit ultra-wide data path, Zero-acoustic Teflon feet, gold-plated USB connector and seven-foot cable.
As you can see, the mouse is rather large. It measures 128 x 70 x 42.5mm (LxWxH), but due to its sleek, ergonomic design you get a feeling that the mouse is much more compact. The mouse ships in a neat little box that shows all of its features and you can take a good look at the mouse itself without actually opening the box. The Razer Diamondback 3G is available in three different colors, Earth Green, Frost Blue, and the one that we are playing with today, the Flame Red.
The bundle includes a certificate of authenticity, quick start guide and a master guide that has a software installation CD.
The mouse really “shines” once you plug it in, literally. While the glow is quite noticeable it isn’t annoying, even in a completely dark room. The surprise was the Razer logo located on the shell, as we certainly expected it to light up, but on the other hand it would perhaps be too tacky and ruin the overall design and look of this mouse.
The mouse is ambidextrous, so it can be used by left-handed as well as right-handed users and it features identical side buttons on both sides. We had some doubts due to the fact that we had some bad experience with ambidextrous mice, as they are usually quite uncomfortable due to their symmetric shape, but once again Razer did a great job and the mouse feels very comfortable for both left-handed and right-handed user. Of course, this depends solely on ones hand, as this is purely a subjective thing.
The side buttons are transparent, and integrated into a transparent side stripe, so unless you take a good look at it you actually can’t see those buttons, which is another nice touch if you ask us.
As we mentioned before, the one of the differences when compared to the first Diamondback is the shell design which isn’t transparent this time.
The bottom of the mouse is dominated by the 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor and three teflon feet. The overall design of the mouse is quite clean and simplistic, which is yet another thing that we like about this mouse.
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